100 days before its 100th anniversary, KLM takes sustainable aviation to the next level with its “Fly Responsibly” initiative


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today marked the 100th day before its 100th anniversary on 7 October this year with a festive event at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where it announced its intention to join hands for the future aviation. Today, in an open letter, widely published, KLM invited all industry stakeholders to join hands in the pursuit of a more sustainable future for aviation, under the banner “Fly Responsibly”.

On 7 October, KLM will become the world’s first airline still operating under its original name to mark its 100th anniversary. KLM has reached this auspicious milestone because it is committed to seizing opportunities, accepting challenges, connecting with partners and embracing new technology.

Over the past hundred years, KLM’s entrepreneurial spirit and quest for innovation have played a pioneering role in the aviation industry. Our centenary is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to our ambition: to become the most customer-centric, innovative, and efficient European network carrier with a deep-rooted determination to address the challenges that lie ahead. Starting today, we will reach out and share our best practices and tools, all we have learned about sustainability, with all our competitors. We value competition, but not when it comes to the sustainable development of aviation. Starting today, we will offer all airlines our CO2ZERO carbon compensation programme free of charge and free of KLM branding. And in return, we invite others to join us and share their best practices for the benefit of a more sustainable future.„
KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers
The success of KLM is the success of the Netherlands. With a wide-ranging network and a large number of destinations, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is of great importance for our accessibility, our business climate, employment opportunities, and the position of Schiphol Airport.„
Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen

This special moment 100 days before KLM 100th anniversary was planned to coincide with the arrival of KLM’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. While having already 13 B787-9 Dreamliners in operation, KLM now starts adding B787-10’s, growing to a total of 28 Dreamliners. The fleet renewal programme is an important element to achieve ambitious sustainability targets.

The arrival of this aircraft from the Boeing factory in the USA is facing some small delays. It’s expected though to arrive in the next few days. The delivery process sometimes runs into minor issues or other small holdups which is the case now.

More information about KLM’s Fly Responsibly initiative, please click here. And for more information and inspiration please visit the KLM100-site.


Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, 29 June 2019


  1. The KLM – Air France alliance has always been so strange to me. One is active, progressive, and pretty much always constant in its delivery while Air France is as chaotic as a poker game maneuvering between sometimes grumpy staff to the dreaded strikes. I understand what Air France gets out of it but I don’t fully grasp what KLM gets out if it short of a few shared routes.

  2. […] “Fly Responsibly” embodies KLM’s commitment to creating a sustainable future for air transport. It incorporates all of KLM’s current and future efforts to improve the sustainability of its activities. But true progress can only be achieved if the entire sector cooperates. With “Fly Responsibly”, KLM invites consumers to opt for CO2 compensation services, while companies are invited to compensate for business travel via the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme. […]


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